Deutsche Bank subsidiary CEO resigns after greenwashing raid
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Deutsche Bank subsidiary DWS said Wednesday that its chief executive is resigning, hours after authorities raided its offices as part of a probe into claims that the company exaggerated the sustainable credentials of some of the financial products.
CEO Asoka Woehrmann is set to step down after the company’s annual general meeting on June 9, DWS said. He will be succeeded by Stefan Hoops, who currently oversees Deutsche Bank’s corporate and commercial client activities.
In a statement, Woehrmann said DWS was profitable and stable despite difficult market conditions.
"At the same time, the allegations made against DWS and myself in past months have become a burden for the company, as well as for my family and me," he was quoted as saying. "In order to protect the institution and those closest to me, I would like to clear the way for a fresh start."
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Some 50 investigators searched the offices of DWS and Deutsche Bank on Tuesday, Frankfurt prosecutors said.
The raids were triggered by a former manager in charge of sustainability, who claimed that DWS had engaged in "greenwashing" by exaggerating the environmental and climate credentials of certain funds it sold.